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Folks, I know you hate to get your panties in a bunch here, but Freckles is a sad case.
It has had its copyright renewed, but the owner is unknown. It is no longer owned by the RKO or the original producer. To find out who actually owns it would require an expensive copyright check, which will likely cost more than the film would ever garner on DVD or Blu-Ray.
In addition, the act of copying it to DVD or Blu-Ray would be a contravention of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which is called conversion.
It can be shown at archival screenings, but video can't happen until the owner is located. I have personally represented the owner of the print and tried to get it preserved on film, which he would allow to happen at no cost--but no archive wants to touch it. EVEN THEY are afraid of the copyrights on this and the fact that it's a low-demand item.
It's all very well and good for you folks to trash collectors who won't share prints, and I have myself. In this case, if someone wants to donate $300-$500 for an exhaustive search of the copyright records, or pay me gas money and lodging to do it myself, then it has to be this way.
If you don't like it, then I encourage you to call your legislator and ask for the laws to be changed, not to trash the poor owner of this film who has done everything in his power to make sure the film can be seen and shared legally.
If you want Freckles shown in your area, then find an archive or a library with a blanket clearance on copyrighted titles, and I will help make it happen. That's more than reasonable.